Helping To Secure A More Stable Financial Future

The one thing that every divorce has in common is the need for property division. The valuation and division of marital property can be extremely complex if the parties share extensive assets such as a family business, investment portfolios, real estate holdings or retirement accounts.

At the Law Offices of Karen A. Christensen, P.C., we are committed to guiding our clients through the property division process in a highly individualized manner that provides them with financial protection for the future. We frequently assist clients in negotiating property division issues without resorting to court intervention; this way, spouses can divide their property in the manner they see fit, rather than leaving the decision to a judge.

If your spouse is unwilling to agree to a fair property settlement outside of court, however, we will aggressively represent your interests at trial. With more than 25 years of experience, attorney Karen A. Christensen has litigated numerous property division cases and has established a notable record of success in the courtroom.

Contact us to schedule a free consultation with an experienced Quincy property division attorney. Located in Quincy, Massachusetts, the Law Offices of Karen A. Christensen, P.C., serves clients in Greater Boston, eastern Massachusetts and throughout the South Shore.

Equitable Distribution Under Massachusetts Law

If the parties to a divorce are unable to reach a property division agreement, Massachusetts courts use the system of "equitable distribution" to divide marital assets and debts. As opposed to "community property," equitable distribution is designed to distribute marital property in a fair and equitable manner, but not necessarily a 50-50 split.

Courts will consider 12 factors in making property division decisions, including:

  • The length of the marriage
  • The conduct of the parties during the marriage
  • Age, health, income and occupations of the parties
  • Vocational skills and employability of the parties
  • Liabilities and needs of each party


Often, parties are able to agree on a property division settlement that renders alimony unnecessary. If a couple is unable to come to an agreement on alimony payments through negotiation, however, courts will use several factors in awarding support from one spouse to the other. Many of these factors are similar to those considered in matters of property division (listed above).

In 2011, Massachusetts' Alimony Reform Act was signed into law, creating an increased level of standardization among alimony awards. However, judges still exercise some discretion in the issuance of alimony.

Eastern Massachusetts Asset Division Attorney

With a focus on personal attention, aggressive advocacy and proven results, the Law Offices of Karen A. Christensen, P.C., is ready to help you resolve your legal matter. Contact us at 617-657-3652 to schedule a free consultation with a skilled lawyer.